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Five years, $36.25 million for Stevie Johnson

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We found out earlier Monday that the Bills and wide receiver Stevie Johnson reached agreement on a new contract and now some of the details are coming to light.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the deal is for five years and $36.25 million. The $7.25 million average annual value places Johnson on a tier below the top receivers in the game, which seems right given the differences between him and guys like Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. It’s also a good deal below the franchise tag of $9.4 million.

Per Schefter, the contract guarantees Johnson $19.5 million and calls for Johnson to receive $24 million over the first three years of the deal. There’s no detail as to the nature of those guarantees, i.e. whether they are fully or partially guaranteed and how much is to come via a signing bonus. Johnson’s deal could look different once that information comes to light.

Either way, Johnson made himself a fair chunk of change on Monday.

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45 Responses to “Five years, $36.25 million for Stevie Johnson”
  1. rip4gehrig says: Mar 5, 2012 11:03 AM

    5 more years of losing for Stevie, I’m beginning to think he enjoys losing.

  2. jmagnet28 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:04 AM

    What in God’s name???

    Doesn’t anyone learn? SJ is in fact a diva WR but on top of that he’s a dumb diva WR.

    What a colossal waste of good cap space.

  3. kingbeason52 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:04 AM

    Good for Stevie, now stop with the selfish celebration penaltys..

  4. phreakin says: Mar 5, 2012 11:05 AM

    I guess god doing him like that ended up working out fairly well

  5. gunnerstaal says: Mar 5, 2012 11:05 AM

    Beggers can’t be choosers. This is a deal that makes sense for both sides. Well done.

  6. chowface86 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:08 AM

    Straight to the Casino homie.

  7. bbking0420 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:09 AM

    Hallelluah,Hallelluah,Hallelluah,Hallelluah,Hallelluah!!!!Go Bills Go!!!! Congratulations Steve Johnson!!!

  8. jeremywflores says: Mar 5, 2012 11:09 AM

    Pretty solid deal for both sides.

    Stevie just needs to grow up and scale it down when it comes to touchdown celebrations.

  9. braven4evr says: Mar 5, 2012 11:09 AM

    this guy seems like a good receiver with a lil lack of concentration here and there, which maybe he can fix now!

  10. majbobby says: Mar 5, 2012 11:10 AM

    Love this contract.

    Good for both Sides. Keep it up Bills.

  11. canjura says: Mar 5, 2012 11:14 AM

    Congrats to Stevie J.

  12. ken0west says: Mar 5, 2012 11:14 AM

    Man this kid coming up in this league trying to get paid.

  13. 49erjohnny says: Mar 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    Bills certainly didn’t get a home town discount. I guess when you are horrible for a decade the bills were lucky just to get him to sign at all.

  14. thraiderskin says: Mar 5, 2012 11:17 AM

    not to shabby for a guy with a couple of huge drops, in huge games. He is still a solid reciever though.

  15. n0hopeleft says: Mar 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    How much will he wind up giving back to the league for dumba$$ penalties?

  16. pooinonfoheads says: Mar 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    Mo money mo problems

  17. kmurph1226 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    Good deal for both sides. He gets a pretty long contract with good money over those years and the Bills get the right value for a WR who hasn’t hit the top of his prime yet.

  18. amanistumor says: Mar 5, 2012 11:19 AM

    DeSean Jax better realize this is the best case scenario he’s going to get from any team also…

  19. riverhorsey says: Mar 5, 2012 11:20 AM

    Sorry Bills but that wasn’t worth it.

  20. silverhornet says: Mar 5, 2012 11:20 AM

    Stevie Johnson went to sign the contract, a life changing event, but dropped his pen.

  21. wwwmattcom says: Mar 5, 2012 11:22 AM

    Football isn’t a game, it’s a meat grinder. For 8 million a year call me hamburger. Too bad paying a WR means you can’t pay the guys who work the hardest equally, linemen.

  22. JohnnySinns says: Mar 5, 2012 11:22 AM

    To bad he doesn’t have a decent QB to throw him the ball.

  23. gtrav says: Mar 5, 2012 11:22 AM

    Haha are you serious? This clown is so overrated.

  24. frostbelt says: Mar 5, 2012 11:23 AM

    From 7th round pick to $36.25 million dollars

    Jauron actually did something right!

  25. randolph32 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:24 AM

    About what he’s worth, good deal for both.

  26. clayton43 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:27 AM

    He should be paying the team some of that back for being an idiot and costing his team penalties after he scores….. like the guy but had some serious drop and dumb celebration penalties.

  27. gr8whte says: Mar 5, 2012 11:29 AM

    Love to see a young star get his chips.

  28. wez99 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:29 AM

    On behalf of the Afc east, we would like to thank you buffalo for the next 5 years

  29. hooks024 says: Mar 5, 2012 11:29 AM

    Lotta money for someone with stone hands.

  30. cheapseater says: Mar 5, 2012 11:30 AM

    Poor Stevie. I guess they could have slapped him with the tag, but I think the open market would have yielded a better contract. Good luck to him! Keep ripping Revis a new one.

  31. claydefayette says: Mar 5, 2012 11:31 AM

    Love the deal for both sides. Not Larry Fitzgerald money but only a few receivers warrant that. The issue with the Bills is giving a Fitzgerald deal to Fitzpatrick.

  32. keepitsimplestoopid says: Mar 5, 2012 11:33 AM

    I guess can live with that. I’m still annoyed by all the stupid celebration penalties.

    At least they didn’t waste a franchise tag on him.

  33. vikingssoxfrustration says: Mar 5, 2012 11:35 AM

    How much per drop does that work out to?

  34. thebigzero says: Mar 5, 2012 11:37 AM

    At least Fitz is happy about it.

    From Stevie’s Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/?tw_e=media&tw_i=176683528535289856&tw_p=tweetembed#!/StevieJohnson13/statuses/176683528535289856

  35. tomcous says: Mar 5, 2012 11:43 AM

    Appropriate $$$ IMO …

    That’s 23% lower than avg. of top 5 so that should put him in higher end #2 or low end #1 money …

    Good deal! Good timing … now don’t go to sleep on eve of FA this year Nix!

  36. thebigzero says: Mar 5, 2012 11:44 AM

    That leaves the Bills free to use the franchise tag on… um…. well on…

    huh.

    I mean, there’s no rule that you have to have a franchise player on your team, right?

  37. ballsohardu says: Mar 5, 2012 12:12 PM

    Great signing for one of the better WRs in the league

    Just ask derelle revis what he thinks of covering johnson

  38. nfl1818 says: Mar 5, 2012 12:36 PM

    Did Welkers price just go up ?

  39. yanksbills says: Mar 5, 2012 12:38 PM

    I’d for one like to thank Stevie and his agent for taking a good deal. Johnson could have held out for a lot more just to end up with the Bengals (or any other crappy team). This looks more and more like a guy who wants to remain in Buffalo and really become a team leader.

    Congrats, Stevie – I’m heading off to Mohawk Town.

  40. EJ says: Mar 5, 2012 12:51 PM

    Great contract OBD, It works out for both sides. Johnson is a very good WR and I am happy to have him for 5 more years. 7th round draft pick–> Diamond in the rough. Go Bills!!!!

  41. EJ says: Mar 5, 2012 1:09 PM

    wez99 says:
    Mar 5, 2012 11:29 AM
    On behalf of the Afc east, we would like to thank you buffalo for the next 5 years

    Why would you like to thank Buffalo? Do you enjoy losing?

  42. buffalowned says: Mar 5, 2012 1:27 PM

    i’d much rather give stevie this deal than give a money hungry vincent jackson 8 or 9 mil a year to watch his play deteriorate. stevie is most valuable to the bills and his numbers justify this contract

  43. tropboi11 says: Mar 5, 2012 1:34 PM

    Damm Buffalo fans be happy you have a good young WR,, yeah he might have dropped a few passes, as he gets older and more games under his belt he will get better and boo hoo about the celebrations, you gotta be in the endzone to do them so at least he was doing something right, if you didnt sign Stevie then who would you have to rely on?

  44. dlln147 says: Mar 5, 2012 3:32 PM

    Haven’t been this excited for this Bills team in a long time. This is the first time in years that I see the players really building chemistry together. Look for Fitz-Johnson destroying opposing defenses next year. Rumor has it Darrelle Revis is crying in his bed right now. GO BILLS!!!

  45. dtjano says: Mar 6, 2012 7:21 AM

    Looks like a fair deal.

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